Imagine you are an advisor for a mid-sized nation who has the luxury of being im

Imagine you are an advisor for a mid-sized nation who has the luxury of being immortal – so you’ve seen a lot and been around for hundreds of years but you do have to keep a job to sustain yourself. Give three events from 1500 to 2010 that would have concerned or excited you in your role as an advisor. Three examples are expected, one from each of the following time periods: 1500 – 1789; 1800 – 1899; and, 1900 – 2010. You should explain what the event was, why you find it significant, and how you would have advised your leader to respond to it.
The trick here is that you must always take the position of a power on the periphery of the “major” powers. So, you can’t be a French advisor during the French Revolution. You also should not be too vague in your example – so, “World War Two” should probably be honed down slightly.
You can be flexible in your geographic location when giving your examples, and are encouraged to use a different area for each period of time but not required to do so. [Note: I don’t want 70 essays from Belgium’s perspective.]
Focus on themes like culture, social structures, politics, economics, trade, war, diffusion of ideas, the impact of religion, technology, etc. – but do try to tie a specific event, individual, breakthrough, or development to your examples.
The purpose of this essay is to show a broad, sweeping understanding of Western Civilization. For the purpose of this essay, first-person perspective is allowed considering the nature of the prompt.

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